BEIJING, March 10 (Xinhua) -- China on Tuesday said
that a U.S. navy vessel, which conducted activities in China's special economic
zone in the South China Sea, violated the international and Chinese law.
"China has lodged a solemn representation to the
United States as the USNS Impeccable conducted activities in China's special
economic zone in the South China Sea without China's permission," Chinese
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu told a regular news briefing.
"We demand that the United States put an immediate
stop to related activities and take effective measures to prevent similar acts
from happening," Ma said.
The Pentagon accused that Chinese ships, including a
naval vessel, harassed the USNS Impeccable in international waters on Sunday.
Ma said "the U.S. claims are gravely in contravention
of the facts and confuse black and white and they are totally unacceptable to
He added that the UN Convention on the Law of the
Sea, the Law on the Exclusive Economic Zone and the Continental Shelf of the
People's Republic of China, and the Regulations of the People's Republic of
China on the Management of Foreign-related Marine Scientific Research, have
clear regulations on foreign vessels' activities in China's exclusive economic
The Chinese government always handles such activities
strictly in accordance with these laws and regulations.
Navy lawmaker: Violation of China's sovereignty not allowed
BEIJING, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Activities violating China's sovereignty is not allowed in the country's special economic zone, said a lawmaker from the navy here Tuesday.
"It is our sovereignty for Chinese vessels to conduct activities in the country's special economic zone, and such activities are justified," Wang Dengping, political commissar of the Armament Department of Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, told Xinhua on the sidelines of the parliament's annual full session. Full story